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Economic viability of phytoremediation of a cadmium contaminated agricultural area using energy maize: part I: effect on the farmer's income

Theo Thewys, Nele Witters, Stijn Van Slycken UGent, Ann Ruttens, Erik Meers UGent and Filip Tack UGent (2010) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYTOREMEDIATION. 12(7). p.650-662
abstract
This paper deals with the economic viability of using energy maize as a phytoremediation crop in a vast agricultural area moderately contaminated with metals. The acceptance of phytoremediation as a remediation technology is, besides the extraction rate, determined by its profitability, being the effects it has on the income of the farmer whose land is contaminated. This income can be supported by producing renewable energy through anaerobic digestion of energy maize, a crop that takes up only relatively low amounts of metals, but that can be valorised as a feedstock for energy production. The effect on the income per hectare of growing energy maize instead of fodder maize seems positive, given the most likely values of variables and while keeping the basic income stable, originating from dairy cattle farming activities. We propose growing energy maize aiming at risk-reduction, and generating an alternative income for farmers, yet in the long run also generating a gradual reduction of the pollution levels. In this way, remediation is demoted to a secondary objective with sustainable risk-based land use as primary objective.
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keyword
HEAVY-METALS, PHYTOEXTRACTION, sensitivity analysis, phytoextraction, heavy metals, economic analysis, agriculture, campine, PLANT, SOILS, AVAILABILITY
journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYTOREMEDIATION
Int. J. Phytoremediat.
volume
12
issue
7
pages
650 - 662
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000282027600002
JCR category
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
1.936 (2010)
JCR rank
71/192 (2010)
JCR quartile
2 (2010)
ISSN
1522-6514
DOI
10.1080/15226514.2010.493187
language
English
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yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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1113221
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1113221
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2011-01-31 22:16:41
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2012-01-01 00:30:32
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  author       = {Thewys, Theo and Witters, Nele and Van Slycken, Stijn and Ruttens, Ann and Meers, Erik and Tack, Filip},
  issn         = {1522-6514},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYTOREMEDIATION},
  keyword      = {HEAVY-METALS,PHYTOEXTRACTION,sensitivity analysis,phytoextraction,heavy metals,economic analysis,agriculture,campine,PLANT,SOILS,AVAILABILITY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {7},
  pages        = {650--662},
  title        = {Economic viability of phytoremediation of a cadmium contaminated agricultural area using energy maize: part I: effect on the farmer's income},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15226514.2010.493187},
  volume       = {12},
  year         = {2010},
}

Chicago
Thewys, Theo, Nele Witters, Stijn Van Slycken, Ann Ruttens, Erik Meers, and Filip Tack. 2010. “Economic Viability of Phytoremediation of a Cadmium Contaminated Agricultural Area Using Energy Maize: Part I: Effect on the Farmer’s Income.” International Journal of Phytoremediation 12 (7): 650–662.
APA
Thewys, T., Witters, N., Van Slycken, S., Ruttens, A., Meers, E., & Tack, F. (2010). Economic viability of phytoremediation of a cadmium contaminated agricultural area using energy maize: part I: effect on the farmer’s income. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYTOREMEDIATION, 12(7), 650–662.
Vancouver
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Thewys T, Witters N, Van Slycken S, Ruttens A, Meers E, Tack F. Economic viability of phytoremediation of a cadmium contaminated agricultural area using energy maize: part I: effect on the farmer’s income. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYTOREMEDIATION. 2010;12(7):650–62.
MLA
Thewys, Theo, Nele Witters, Stijn Van Slycken, et al. “Economic Viability of Phytoremediation of a Cadmium Contaminated Agricultural Area Using Energy Maize: Part I: Effect on the Farmer’s Income.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYTOREMEDIATION 12.7 (2010): 650–662. Print.